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Sean Scully

McKee Gallery / Pamela Auchinchloss Gallery

Sean Scully attended art school in England in the early ’60s, shortly after Frank Stella and Kenneth Noland began painting stripes. While his more celebrated precursors have long since moved on, he has remained loyal to the colored band, with modest variations, ever since.

In the late ’60s, Scully started using tightly painted vertical or horizontal stripes, and he subsequently employed painted bands both to weave spatial effects by placing one block of strips on top of another and to reassert the flatness of the picture plane. In the early ’80s, he abandoned the taped edges, and began varying the width of the bands. At the same time, where he previously used color only to denote a stripe, he now layers it to evoke unspecified emotions and meanings.

Scully has been lauded as a torchbearer who has committed himself to the principles of abstraction and the search for purity in an impure age;

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